11 top tips for finding a new job
Losing your job in a global pandemic is a challenge that none of us could have prepared for. However, back in May 2020, around 7.6 million jobs were at risk as businesses were forced to close for several months. That’s almost one in four people in the UK workforce (24%).
The good news is that the number of job vacancies has been rising. Between April and June, there were an estimated 862,000 job vacancies, up 39% since Jan-March. So whether you lost your job during the pandemic, or you’ve been looking for work for a while now, we wanted to share some top tips for finding a new job with you.
We spoke to some of our CAP Job Club Coaches and Managers, who are the job experts! They offer free practical support and advice to those looking for work, in a local community group setting.
Here are some of their top tips for finding a new job that’s right for you:
1. Make the most of social media
While you’re casually scrolling through Facebook or Twitter, you could also be on your way to finding a new job. The world is now more digital than ever, so why not make the most of it? By following some regional accounts like your local Jobcentre Plus or local businesses, you’ll be the first to see when new vacancies open up – and they’ll be right there in front of you so you won’t have to spend hours looking!
2. Sign up to email alerts (from a job-based website)
If finding a new job feels endless and overwhelming, why not sign up to get email alerts from a job-hunting site like Indeed or LinkedIn. Instead of having to trawl endlessly through jobs that really aren’t for you, you can choose to receive alerts about any specific roles you have experience or interest in, and you can upload your CV and qualifications directly so potential employers know who you are and why you’re a great candidate for the job.
3. Register your interest online
One of the best things to do when finding a new job is to put yourself out there and let people know you’re interested. An easy way to do this is to sign up to be told about any vacancies from any organisations (e.g. supermarkets) you’d like to work for. (You could even sign up to see if any jobs at CAP take your fancy!)
4. Go for a walk
If you’re in need of a screen break after being stuck at a computer applying for jobs, why not go for a walk? Not only could this be a welcome opportunity to de-stress in the fresh air, but you never know what you might find. Keep an eye out for any local jobs on offer in shop windows or community notice boards.
5. Get your friends and family involved
Let your friends and family know that you’re in the process of finding a new job and ask them to be on the lookout for anything that might be what you’re looking for. After all, many hands make light work.
6. Be proactive
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Finding a new job might involve looking in different places, so be brave and hand out your CV to places you’d like to work at. You never know, they might have a job opening coming up, and you might just be the person they’re looking for.
7. Identify your skills
Take some time to write down your top skills. If you’re not sure, talk to your friends and family. Do they think you’re particularly organised, creative or detail-oriented? Do you work best with a team, or are you really good at focusing for long periods of time alone? Think about the experience you already have and what skills you used in those jobs.
8. Make your personal statement personal
Once you’ve written down a few key skills, have a go at coming up with some specific times you’ve demonstrated these skills. Have you gone above and beyond in your old job, led a project, or overcome a particular challenge? Think of some examples that are as unique to you as possible, then build these into your personal statement (and CV).
9. Repeat yourself
When you’re finding a new job, you might feel like you’re repeating yourself on application after application. This isn’t a bad thing. Using the same personal statement for cover letters, application forms and even during interviews shows you’re able to give concise and specific examples of your skills and strengths – and it saves time too. If you’re applying for a range of jobs, select the skills relevant for each role and include these.
10. Say it out loud
Knowing – and being able to tell people – what you’re good at builds confidence. Don’t let the first time you say your strengths out loud be in an interview. If you need to, repeat your strengths out loud to yourself enough times that you begin to have confidence in what you’ve written.
11. Don't do it alone
We know that finding a new job can be extremely stressful and discouraging at times. But we believe that nobody should have to do it alone. That’s why churches around the UK run CAP Job Clubs. You can be part of a supportive community of like-minded people, receive 1:1 coaching, and gain the vital skills you need to get back into employment. If that sounds good, why not see if there’s a CAP Job Club near you?
We hope some of these top tips help you with finding a new job that you’ll love. A special thanks to Paul Jackson (North West Area Manager) and Steve Hudson (Job Club Manager, Skipton) for sharing all your top tips with us.
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